Kia Debuts Innovative City and MTB Pedelec Electric Bikes

The Geneva Motor Show is not just for cars, which Kia proved nicely when they unveiled a pair of prototype electric bikes.

What many people may not know is that when Kia first arrived on the scene 70 years ago, it was bikes that were their main area of business.

The two bike prototypes put on display serve as a nice complement to the 2015 Soul EV electric vehicle.

The bikes on display are a reminder of Kia’s “Power to Surprise,” with the ‘pedelec’ electric bikes coming in ‘City’ and ‘MTB’ mountain bike variants.

As well as having a powerful electric motor attached, the bikes also have a number of technical innovations on board, as well as a rater cool looking design.

Kia Electric Bike Specs

Best electric bike 300x194 Kia Debuts Innovative City and MTB Pedelec Electric Bikes  cars  kia bikes The Kia electric bicycle – KEB is propelled by a 250 watt electric motor that delivers a rather surprising 45 Nm of torque.

Power comes from a 36 volt, 10 amp lithium-ion polymer batter which has the distinction of being very easy to remove for charging purposes.

Riders are sure to love the City model, as it comes with a 40 km range on a single charge, with a full charge delivered in a mere 4 hours.

  • - Kia’s all-new “pedelec” electric bikes have a range of up to 40 km
  • - Top speed for the bikes is rated at 25 km/h
  • - The two electric bike models (City and MTB) weight around 20kg

Both electric bikes were engineered and designed at the Namyang R&D Center in Korea.

The construction has the appearance of being carbon fiber, but the frame is actually a unique monocoque metal that is made using metal stamping and a robotic welding process.

What that means is that the quality control on the KEB is on a par with the automotive industry.

The bike is also designed to perfectly attach to any kind of bike trailer using only a bicycle trailer hitch, so those looking for riding bikes along with their kids or dogs should have lot of fun too!

New Manufacturing Process

The afore-Kia electric bike City 300x201 Kia Debuts Innovative City and MTB Pedelec Electric Bikes  cars  kia bikes mentioned metal stamping process was developed at the Namyang facility.

To break it down into layman’s terms, a metal sheet is pressed on either side of the frame before undergoing a robotic welding process that delivers an incredible uniformity of quality.

This is entirely different from how a regular bike frame is made, which is usually done via a complex and costly hydroforming process.

The production methods used allow Kia a pretty free rein when to comes to design, which includes being able to add unique surfacing details.

It also means that a wide variety of metals can be used, as the hot stamping process makes it possible to use the likes of stainless steel, aluminum, and high-tensile steel.

The same drivetrain and power pack is used on both the City and MTB models, with the weight coming in at roughly 20kg.

Top speed for the bikes is 25 kph, which allows them to comply with EU regulations.

Kia had a universal design in mind with the City, as witnessed by the step-through frame, 28-inch wheels, mud flaps, and rear mounted battery, all of which should appeal to the masses.

The MTB comes with the battery mounted mid-frame, and also has 26-inch wheels shod with all-terrain tires. It also features RockShox 100 mm front forks.

The electric motor, frame, and power packs for both models were manufactured in Korea, while the brake and gear parts were done in Japan. The final assembly took place in Germany.

It is going to be interesting to see how the media and public react to the Kia Electric Bikes, coming 70 years after they made their inaugural bike model in Korea.

5 thoughts on “Kia Debuts Innovative City and MTB Pedelec Electric Bikes

  1. Guess what? I hear the Provo got the greenlight and expect to see it in like 20 months. I hear that it’s made to kick the Juke’s a**. I hear it’s just for Europe for now and no word of it going to the States. What I like about the Provo is the design is stylish and yet has its own personality unlike most of these cars today just clicking and pasting a face without no changes. Take the Mazda 7, CX-5, Mazda 3, 2015 Mazda 2 conept CX-9′s face as well as the 2015 Focus, 2014 Fiesta, 2014 Fusion. Now take the Rio, Optima, Sportage, Sorento, Cadenza, K900, and you’ll see Kia is designs a car based on it’s personality and not give it a cloned like face. That’s just lazy designers who are satisfied with one design and clones it for the whole line up. Does the Niro look like the Provo? Does the Niro look like the Cross GT? Does the K900 look like the Optima? Does the Rio look like the Forte? How about the Soul looking like the Provo or the Pro-cee’d looking like the K4 or the cee’d looking like the Cadenza. For 7 years, each Kia has been taking after the family look yet having their own identity. Does the GT look like the GT4 Stinger? Does the Gt look like the Cadenza? Does the GT look like the Forte or Optima or K900? Nope.

  2. Cloned family alikes: Mazda, Ford, VW, BMW, Lexus, Audi, Acura.
    Uncloned family look alikes: Kia, Hyundai.

    Examples: 2015 Mustang, 2015 Focus, 2014 Fusion, 2014 Fiesta hint cloned faces.
    2014 Mazda 7, 2015 Mazda 2, 2015 Mazda 3, Mazda CX-9, Miata.

    Examples of uncloned family look alikes: Provo, 2014 cee’d, 2014 Forte, 2014 Optima, 2014 Cadenza, 2015 K900, Rio, Soul.

    Each Kia has their own persoanilty according to their size, and class. Unlike just clicking and pasting and putting it on the entire line up making the design age quicker than it’s supposed to be. This is why the Optima still looks fresh 3 years later. Because no other Kia looks like the Optima. That’s why the Sportage still looks fresh and Soul and cee’d family. The Cross GT looks fresh no other Kia looks like the Cross GT. But who’s impressed with the 2015 Focus?

  3. I just saw the 2015 Lexus GX. The reason why it’s so ugly is because that face isn’t for an SUV but a sedan. That’s why the ES looks good with the same cloned face. They should have thought of an SUV like face for their SUVs. That’s why the Sportage and Sorento’s faces took after the Kue and KND-4 but not their cars. Kia knew the 2011 Optima’s face wouldn’t fit for next Sportage and Sorento. That’s why the SUV has a different design. Just like the Cross GT, Provo and Niro. Lexus just took the ES’s, LS, IS’s face and put it on their SUVs. As a result, Lexus’ SUV’s are ugly.

  4. Why the Mazda 3 and CX-5 are outselling the CX-9 and Mazda 7. One word, “Design.” I can tell that the face of Mazda was made for compact cars and SUVs. Why else is it that the Mazda 3 and CX-5′s face looks better on them than on the Mazda 7 and CX-9?
    Mazda’s face looks better on smaller cars and SUVs. If the Soul’s face was on the Sorento it would have been butt ugly and sales wouldn’t be like they are now.

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